Saturday, January 20, 2007

who scared you?

While Googling randomly, I came across a blog entry with an interesting topic: have you ever been scared by a song not meant to be scary?

Immediately I thought of Is That All There Is? by Peggy Lee. Every Friday night my older brother and I would stay up late to watch Hoolihan & Big Chuck (later known as Big Chuck & Little John), a local program that showed horror/monster movies with comedy skits during the commercial breaks.

At 2:00 A.M. the show would end by playing the chorus of Is That All There Is? on scratchy vinyl. When the song hit the final line, the turntable would abruptly slow to a dead stop, causing Peggy Lee to morbidly croon "if that's aaaaallllllllll", her voice deepening to a bone-chilling croak. Then the station would sign off for the night, and the screen would burst into white noise and static.

This song scared the crap out of me every time. Sitting in that dark room with the television hissing menacingly, I would rush to turn the set off and dart into bed as if my ass were on fire. Thinking about it still makes my neck hairs tingle.

What songs scared you?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Eleanor Rigby. As a really little kid, that whole "face that she keeps in a jar by her door..." thing creeped me out to no end.